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The EU investigates Israeli domestic issues: The politics of soft colonialism


A guest post by AKUS

A recent article in Ha’aretz reveals that some members of the European Union have been working on a secret document dealing with a “core issue” in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The article is headlined:  Secret EU paper aims to tackle Israel’s treatment of Arab minority

According to Ha’aretz:

The European Union should consider Israel’s treatment of its Arab population a “core issue, not second tier to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to a classified working paper produced by European embassies in Israel, parts of which were obtained by Haaretz.

Forget the Europeans’ problems with their Roma population, their Muslim minority, the abject failure of multiculturalism, the rise of anti-Semitism and, last, but not least, the possible collapse of the whole European Union and the dissolution of a common currency (or vice versa).

In fact, forget the way Israel’s neighbors are treating their ‘minorities’, from Turkey’s cultural genocide against the Kurds, to the continuing murder and oppression of Copts in Egypt, to the total segregation of Palestinians in Lebanon, to the wholesale massacres happening in Syria as you read. Focus on how Israel “treats its Arab population” – a phrase expressing owner ship of a population redolent of a past colonial era that ignores the full rights enjoyed by all Israeli citizens, of any ethnicity or religion.

Apparently initiated by Britain (who else? Do we detect the Foreign Office camel corps poking its long nose into this tent?), the document is said to have originally proposed unstated punitive measures against Israel. 

There remain a few sane voices from countries that have not yet decided to inhabit a parallel universe where the world’s greatest problems revolve around Israel:

At some point, however, several countries, among them the Czech Republic, Poland and the Netherlands, expressed objections to its contents.

After lengthy debates on the issue in an effort to obtain the consensus necessary to send the report to Brussels, it was decided to water it down somewhat and drop the operative conclusions. It was also designated a “food for thought” document, rather than a “report.”

The really extraordinary example of proposed meddling in Israel’s internal affairs, as reported, was this:

The document suggests that the EU discuss Jewish-Arab relations with the Israeli government, while stressing the government’s obligation to bridge the gaps between the Jewish majority and Arab minority.

“We should emphasize that addressing inequality within Israel is integral to Israel’s long-term stability,” the document says.

One might be excused for being a little cynical about the motivations behind this declaration of concern for Israel’s long-term stability from this group.  Alternatively, one wonders how a document drafted by, shall we say, the US and Israel, expressing concern for the way Europe treats its minorities and the effect on its long-term stability, would be received in Brussels, Paris or Berlin. Or London.

The document most shockingly but not altogether unsurprisingly reveals the European’s reverse thinking and ignorance about the status and effects of the “peace process”.

Neo-Palestinian Israeli Arab politicians like Zouabi who sits in the Knesset (how is that for discrimination and ill-treatment of a minority?!) and a few local leaders like Sheikh Raed Salah have made it their daily business to inflame relations between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel by insisting that the loyalties of Arab Israelis should lie with a future Palestinian state, rather than the State of Israel. 

By ignoring the Palestinian refusal to return to negotiations and the inflammatory activities of neo-Palestinian Arab politicians in Israel the document’s authors blame Israel rather than the Palestinians and their incitement of the Israeli Arab population for deteriorating relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel:

“The stalemate in the peace process, and the continuing occupation, inevitably has an impact on the identification of Israeli Arabs with Israel,” the document states. “It will be more difficult for Israeli Arabs to be wholly at ease with their identity while the conflict with the Palestinians continues.”

Don’t the Europeans have it backwards? Shouldn’t the Palestinians be concerned about the impact of the peace process on Israeli Arabs and their ability to be at ease with their Israeli identity?

The reality is, as any rational person can observe, that the Palestinian leaders are quite pleased with the discord they are sowing between communities in Israel. They labor under a false assumption that this somehow advances their cause. Of course, the truth is quite the opposite. The greater the friction between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel, the more cautious Israel will be about any concessions at all to the Arabs on the West Bank. If the two communities in Israel can coexist peacefully there will more willingness to try the experiment of coexistence with a neighboring Palestinian state.

Thus there is a way the Europeans can help if their concern is genuine.

They should suggest to the Palestinian leadership, if they can actually identify the true leaders given the battles between the PA and Hamas, that they reduce tensions between Israeli Arabs and Jews by restarting negotiations and asking their Israeli supporters to tone down the anti-Israeli rhetoric. The stronger and more cohesive Israeli society feels itself to be, and more the Jews and Arabs inside Israel can trust each other, the greater the likelihood of an agreement being reached.

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  1. Ruddy cheek! What gives them the right to comment at all, especially from a stance of preconceived ideas and lies rather than unbiased knowledge?

    I’ll allow that they have that right to comment or try to meddle once they stop sending money in my name to UNRWA, the biggest and most professional scrounging body on this earth, when there are poor in all European countries who need that money more.

  2. Thanks AKUS, particularly for reminding us of the principal way in which Islam operates in non-Islamic countries/states:

    “…The reality is, as any rational person can observe, that the Palestinian leaders are quite pleased with the discord they are sowing between communities in Israel….”

    These scum are copying their prophet, who they are taught to believe is the perfect man (!). In his day, he made a career out of making mischief between his allies and other tribes (fitna) so that he could wade in and take advantage of the confusion. It’d be too forgiving of me to say that these scum don’t know any other way to behave, not least because of the results of their scheming and mischief making. It should be rooted out.

    • “Comments which are … racist … will be deleted”. It is very hard to read the post above by HairShirt and NOT conclude that it is racist.

      It begins by referring to the “way in which Islam operates” – not some Muslims, not Islamists, not the Muslim Brotherhood, but “Islam”.

      The post goes on to refer to “these scum” (twice) who are “copying their prophet”. It s hard to escape the conclusion that HairShirt is directly calling all followers of Islam “scum”.

      If I am wrong, I am sure HairShirt will explain, but on the face of it, this is clearly a racist post and Adam, you should delete it forthwith.

      Thanks,

  3. It allows them to ignore what LennyBoyUSA tweeted today. A video from Tahrir Square. At least one Egyptian woman is still tweeting about the betrayal of what Egyptian women tried to do.

    The video needs a verystrong stomach indeed.

  4. In addition to all the other brutality shown here, notice that one of the police/soldiers is firing his pistol at the demonstrators. This was shown on one of the US news channels, BTW, with little comment by anyone.

    • It’s a horror and a disgrace. Ed Husain gets something right:

      http://yfrog.com/nx1gxfpj

      From another blog we are reminded of Israel’s strength:

      Chris Rettenmoser on December 17, 2011 at 2:06 AM said:

      Israels most important military virtue is, to survive it’s enemies and Israels most important political virtue is, to survive it’s “friends”…To survive it’s enemies, it must be prepared to win shooting wars and to survive it’s “friends”, it must be prepared to outsmart their well known and dumb and never ending bullying and always to be one step ahead of their predictable efforts…IT CAN BE DONE…even after Oslo !

      http://sarahhonig.com/2011/12/16/another-tack-the-poison-in-the-well/

  5. Alternatively, one wonders how a document drafted by, shall we say, the US and Israel, expressing concern for the way Europe treats its minorities and the effect on its long-term stability, would be received in Brussels, Paris or Berlin. Or London.

    Very true AKUS.

    One wonders who is responsible for ‘this concern’ in the dark and dingy corridors that spawned it. I suppose that it must really irk ‘some people’ that Israel is an island of exemplary stability in a sea of frothing dis-functionality and this is a blatant attempt pull the rug out from this stability.

  6. There remain a few sane voices from countries that have not yet decided to inhabit a parallel universe where the world’s greatest problems revolve around Israel:

    That’s just silly talk. Transparent OTT exagerration won’t get your far.
    The EU does huge favours to Israel in economic, political and diplomatic terms. It’s only reasonable that a closer look is taken at the situation of that country’s Arab population.

    the abject failure of multiculturalism

    This sounds like “you ride on your bus, and we’ll ride on ours.”

    • It’s only reasonable that a closer look is taken at the situation of that country’s Arab population.

      First they should take a closer look at the Roma population of Europe in general and of Hungary in particular or the rampant anti-semitism of the establishment in some European countries…
      Pretzel have you ever heard of the idea called hypocrisy?

    • Tell you what Prezelburg

      One favour the Europeans could do for themselves and for their bankrupt economies, is to immediately stop financing the corrupt Palestinain Authority and throwing hundreds of millions of their tax payers euros down the drain.

      That self righteous Perfidious Albion is just as guilty with its £ 90 million largesse. The Europeans could also get their stinking noses out of Israel’s affairs by withrawing support for those NGO’s whose sole objective is the weaken the Jewish state

  7. The EU does huge favours to Israel in economic, political and diplomatic terms.

    I would be seriously interested to read a short list of these “huge favors”
    When the Euro is on the brink they support every possible anti-Israeli NGOs and the Palestinian Authority with very significant sums.

    If you really think that Europe supports Israel economically or politically then I have a beachfront estate in Cesarea for you to sell for a thousand Euro. Only cash accepted.

  8. I’d almost like to believe that there aren’t strong threads of antisemitism running through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and that this is nothing more than their belief that Israel is expendable in Whitehall’s diligent fight to prove to the growing extremist tendency among Arab regimes (sorry, I meant the growing democratic tendency) that the UK is more on their side than the French are, and any old fight, however ridiculous, with an Israeli government helps demonstrate the FCO’s credentials (as I’m sure it does).

  9. Unfortunately, it’s not surprising to see the arrogant, ever-imperialist, ever-anti-Semitic Europeans managing the trick of combining their favourite, millennia-long vices of colonialism and anti-Semitism.

    Further, considering the collusion (or indifference) of most of Europe in 1600 years of genocidal anti-Semitism (not only millions murdered in the Shoah but a quarter million murdered in the Chmielniki revolt and in the Crusades), the concept of Europe — its hands bathed in Jewish blood — lecturing the Jewish state about morality is beyond chutzpah — it is insanity.

    • What a preposterously ignorant and stupid remark. I don’t personally know any Europeans who have the vices of colonialism and anti-Semitism.

  10. “I don’t personally know any Europeans who have the vices of colonialism and anti-Semitism.”

    Your logic is deficient. I don’t personally know Hitler, but he existed.